Prosecutors alleged that Broadhurst may have wanted to “teach Natalie a lesson” and “lost it” after finding out she had been speaking to two ex-boyfriends and another man. He was also accused of “[covering] his tracks” after he admitted to spraying her face with bleach “because I didn’t want her to… look a mess.”
Prosecutors told the jury that, “Whatever may have started willingly, there is no way that Natalie either consented to or was able to consent to what John Broadhurst did to her after that, leading to her untimely, unseemly and tragic death”.
Labour MP Harriet Harman labelled it the "50 Shades of Grey defence" as she slammed the sentencing. Harman has called for a formal review, questioning why the prosecution did not proceed with a murder charge.
"We cannot have a situation where men kill women and blame them," she told the BBC.
"No man will ever be accused of murder again if he can always say, 'yes she's injured, she wanted it', she will never be able to say, 'no I didn't' because he's killed her and therefore she hasn't got a voice."
The attorney general has stated that he is reviewing the case after a seperate public submission and he has 28 days to decide whether to refer it to the Court of Appeal.
This article originally appeared on marie claire Australia.